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FACT FOCUS: AZ election review spurs false claims online

Sep. 27, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

Presenting its findings in a six-month-long review of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona’s largest county on Friday, a Republican-backed cybersecurity firm ended in much the same place where it began: without any evidence to contradict certified election results showing Joe Biden...

Arkansas AG hopeful proposes court action on COVID misinfo

Sep. 27, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas, where health officials have struggled with resistance to the coronavirus vaccine, on Monday vowed if elected to take social media companies to court for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. ...

DeSantis asks secretary of state to investigate Facebook

Sep. 27, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis asked Florida's secretary of state to investigate Facebook on Monday based on a news article that reported the social media company gives preferential treatment to politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and other prominent...

Facebook puts Instagram for kids on hold after pushback

Sep. 27, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13, to address concerns that have been raised about the vulnerability of younger users. “I still firmly believe that it’s a good thing to build a version of...

Kansas student uses offensive sign as homecoming invite

Sep. 27, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school district is investigating after a student asked a girl to homecoming using an offensive sign referencing Black people. A picture of two white students holding the sign and smiling that was posted online drew sharp...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: Biden administration misled America on Haitian migrants The most important leadership skill for any administration is to be frank, direct and purposeful — to say what they mean and mean what they say....

Theoneste Bagosora, architect of Rwanda genocide, dies at 80

Sep. 26, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday. His son Achille...

NC girl starts for her varsity football team, goes viral

Sep. 26, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Inside her varsity football program, Brooklyn Harker’s first career start at free safety earlier this month was nothing more than a well-deserved opportunity for a hard-working player. Outside of Chapel Hill High School, though, it was a viral...

Pittsburgh confronts wave of gun violence; more teens killed

Sep. 25, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — For Winnie Evans, the spate of gun violence that has swept Pittsburgh in recent months struck close to home and shattered a generation of her family. The 79-year-old woman lost two great-grandsons, both 18, within one day of each other to shootings —...

Petito case renews call to spotlight missing people of color

Sep. 25, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the three months since 62-year-old Navajo rug weaver Ella Mae Begay vanished, the haunting unanswered questions sometimes threaten to overwhelm her niece. Seraphine Warren has organized searches of the vast Navajo Nation landscape near her...